Assurance Assessment Toolkit
This document is a whitepaper produced by the APM Assurance SIG. It represents the thoughts of the group and not necessarily the views of APM. It is intended to stimulate discussion on this subject and feedback on the contents of the paper should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is intended as a reference for assurance practitioners to help them provide a measure of their confidence in the potential for a project (or programme or portfolio) to succeed. While assisting assurance practitioners to be thorough when performing assurance, we rely on their professionalism to adapt this guide to the circumstances of a project to be assured.
The assurance assessment toolkit provides a common generic basis for the assessment of portfolios, programmes and projects (hereafter generally referred to as projects) of all sizes, in all sectors, at any project lifecycle phase and at all levels in the supply chain.The toolkit can also be successfully applied to sub projects or work packages in a project.
It can be used by independent assurance providers or project teams both for self-assessment of their projects or as a checklist to support the development of their approach to managing and assuring the project.
This guide provides an overview of the toolkit and guidance for its use.
Sadly, less than half of projects surveyed end up having any kind of lessons learned session. Lots of missed opportunities to learn what worked and what didn't and take it to the next projects on your list.
Outcome Relationship Models ORMs draw on all these techniques to provide a standardised notation for connecting project outputs through intermediate outcomes to final outcomes (positive and negative) linked to strategic direction. Ned used his practical experience of applying this to a range of government programmes to illustrate that this powerful technique could be used on a wide range of programme types.